Mystery Over 15th-Century Drilled Skull Solved

Researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy, have solved a longstanding mystery around the honeycombed skull of one of the Italian martyrs beheaded by 15th century Ottoman Turk invaders when they refused to give up their Christian faith. » 2/15/15 8:30am 2/15/15 8:30am

What Are Caffeine Jitters – And How Do You Get Rid Of Them?

Too much caffeine, whether from coffee, tea, or energy drink, can ruin your day. Here's why your daily jolt makes you jittery, and what you can do to get rid of an unwanted buzz. » 10/29/14 11:30am 10/29/14 11:30am

Did You Know Meth Has Its Origins In Traditional Eastern Medicine?

Meth's pop cultural relevance, and its prevalent use, might lead you to believe that it is a relatively modern creation. But the notoriously addictive stimulant was first synthesized in the late 1800s, from a plant commonly used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines. » 10/03/14 11:40am 10/03/14 11:40am

How Do Fictional Poisons Stack Up To Real-Life Ones?

In books and movies, poisons are basically magic. It's kind of a letdown to read about deliciously evil poisons and then realize they're not nearly as potent in reality as they are in stories. Here are some myths about poison from pop culture — and the less impressive reality. » 9/16/14 11:22am 9/16/14 11:22am

What causes the weird effects of kava?

Those who have an eye on the fast-paced world of recreational pharmacology will probably have heard of kava. Kava (or kava-kava) is a plant, long known in the South Pacific, that induces a sense of relaxation. It also induces euphoria. And helps you diet. And acts as an effective anesthetic. How does it manage… » 12/11/13 12:01pm 12/11/13 12:01pm

The experiment that proved spiders don't like human urine

A 1955 experiment attempted to prove that spiders could be used to diagnose schizophrenia. Although upsetting for everyone involved, the experiment was even less pleasant for the spiders than it was for the humans. » 11/26/13 9:20am 11/26/13 9:20am

A male contraceptive pill that doesn't use hormones

The creation of an effective and reversible male contraceptive method (that isn't the condom) is currently a hot research topic, as various institutes attempt to come up with a way of stopping sperm without doing any permanent harm. None of these attempts has yet resulted in a male pill, but now scientists have… » 8/16/12 10:20am 8/16/12 10:20am

Synthetic weed may cause heart attacks, but it's tough to ban

Spice, Blaze, K2, Red X Dawn. Any of them sound familiar? They're different brands of synthetic pot — psychoactive drugs (commonly marketed in head shops as incense) which contain chemicals that, much like the THC in marijuana, act on the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. Sounds peachy, right? There's a catch.… » 7/18/12 10:25am 7/18/12 10:25am